CORNING | State funding will help Corning-based Community Progress Inc. replace six manufactured homes in Steuben County.

Community Progress Executive Director Julie Chevalier said this is the third year the organization has received funding through the HOME Local Program for this kind of effort.

“It’s a somewhat newer initiative that the state has put out, and we seem to have a huge need for it here,” Chevalier said.

The state award provides $600,000 for the replacement of six homes.

While Community Progress provides help with home maintenance and repairs in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties, the homes identified for this program are those beyond repair.

“We identify the worst possible living conditions,” Chevalier said. “People should not be living in [these homes]. Usually when we go in there are huge holes in the floor and they’ve put plywood over them. We’ve got one now where the furnace actually caught on fire. They’ve got a propane heater in there, which is extremely dangerous. We try to help them replace these homes.”

There are some requirements.

Recipients of the new homes have to own the land so they are able to maintain the property. They also have to document that they will be able to pay the expected higher property taxes on the new home.

While $100,000 for the replacement of a single manufactured home may seem like a lot, Chevalier said extensive work on the site is often necessary.

That can include replacement of septic systems or other infrastructure, and almost always includes the pouring of a new concrete pad for the home, she said.

Chevalier also noted that the ownership requirement means residents who live in manufactured homes in trailer parks are not eligible.

“It’s on the radar at the state level, [funding for] mobile home upgrades that are in parks,” Chevalier said. “Usually those are the people that need it the most.”

Even for the existing program, she said there’s a lengthy waiting list.

Despite that, Chevalier said those who believe they might be eligible and are in need should contact Community Progress at 962-3506.

She noted that while there are plenty of residences already on the list, those in greater need could be moved up to be covered by this year’s funding.

Other programs of Community Progress beyond the previously mentioned home repair and replacements include septic and well upgrades for failing systems, chimney and plumbing repairs, provisions for handicap accessibility, electrical upgrades, weatherization provisions, and Green Building initiatives, along with direct assistance to municipalities through the use of the New York Main Street Program for building facade upgrades or mixed-use redevelopment.

More information is online at www.communityprogressinc.com.